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One of the creepiest books I have ever read, the Curse of the Campfire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales will definitely delight those in search of strange and mysterious accounts. From a vampire stalker to a blood-thirsty chipper, these tales will definitely send chills down your spine.
This collection of short stories is Lubar’s third book in the “weenie” series, but it doesn’t lose any of its haunting. I would say the eeriest story in this book would be “The Soda Fountain”. It starts out with a boy named Ben who loves to go into Paulson’s Sweets Shop. Every Saturday afternoon, he goes in and asks for a soda from the soda fountain. It was pretty normal, but as I read on, a feeling of dread built up in my stomach. When Ben comes out of the sweets shop, he meets a little girl named Brandy who asks him what he was doing. He replies that he was getting a soda. Then, Brandy reveals that Mr. Paulson died two years ago when the sweet shop burned down. I won’t tell you the ending, but it made the hairs on my head stand up.
Lubar’s marvelous storytelling is worthy of those scary-stories-around-the-campfire and even the all-lights-off-except-for-a-flashlight times. The Curse of the Campfire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar will leave a big impression on you – I know it left one on me.
Teen Reviewer: Hilary Sun, West Regional Library, Cary